Flights resume at Germany's Hannover Airport after man drove into secure area

Hanover airport shut after car driven near runway

It is not yet clear how long flights will remain suspended.

Police stopped the silver BMW with Polish licence plates and overwhelmed the man on Saturday afternoon (local time) after he drove through a gate and onto the apron where planes park and are loaded.

In a tweet, Hanover police said officials were able to stop the auto, "overpower" a man and take him into custody. German publication Bild reported on its website that the man's auto had Polish registration plates. Bomb disposal experts examined the vehicle but found no unsafe objects.

Take-offs and landings of planes are suspended while police investigated. They found no traces of explosives, and flight operations resumed shortly after 8 p.m. - about 4½ hours after the man drove onto the airfield.

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But police told the BBC there was no indication so far that the incident was terrorism related.

The man was quickly arrested and taken into custody.

Federal police said the driver, who is in his mid-20s, tested positive for amphetamines and cocaine.

The global airport in Hannover handled 5.87 million passengers a year ago, though it isn't one of Germany's top hubs.

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